About

I am a fourth-year Ph.D. student at Princeton University, advised by Karthik Narasimhan. Previously, I graduated from Yao Class at Tsinghua University.

In my work, I build language agents to interact with the world, e.g. play text games (CALM), shop online (WebShop), answer questions and verify facts with a Wikipedia API (ReAct).

In my life, I like reading, basketball, pool, travel, and rap.

To contact me, click the paper plane, which is a language grounding problem.

Some Recent Papers

  • ReAct: Synergizing Reasoning and Acting in Language Models
    Shunyu Yao, Jeffrey Zhao, Dian Yu, Nan Du, Izhak Shafran, Karthik Narasimhan, Yuan Cao
    ICLR 2023 (top 5%)
    paper | code | project | Google AI blogpost

  • WebShop: Towards Scalable Real-World Web Interaction with Grounded Language Agents
    Shunyu Yao*, Howard Chen*, John Yang, Karthik Narasimhan
    NeurIPS 2022
    paper | code | project | demo

  • Linking Emergent and Natural Languages via Corpus Transfer
    Shunyu Yao, Mo Yu, Yang Zhang, Karthik Narasimhan, Joshua Tenenbaum, Chuang Gan
    ICLR 2022 (Spotlight)
    paper | code
  • Self-Attention Networks Can Process Bounded Hierarchical Languages
    Shunyu Yao, Binghui Peng, Christos Papadimitriou, Karthik Narasimhan
    ACL 2021
    paper | code

  • Reading and Acting while Blindfolded: The Need for Semantics in Text Game Agents
    Shunyu Yao, Karthik Narasimhan, Matthew Hausknecht
    NAACL 2021
    paper | code | project | Microsoft Research blogpost

  • Keep CALM and Explore: Language Models for Action Generation in Text-based Games
    Shunyu Yao, Rohan Rao, Matthew Hausknecht, Karthik Narasimhan
    EMNLP 2020
    paper | code

Some Recent Readings

  • Midnight at the Pera Palace: The Birth of Modern Istanbul (Charles King)
  • Istanbul—Hatıralar ve Şehir (Orhan Pamuk)
  • Killing Kennedy: The End of Camelot (Bill O’Reilly, Martin Dugard)
  • The Linguistics Wars (Randy Allen Harris)
  • Friends, Lovers, and the Big Terrible Thing (Matthew Perry)
  • What Babies Know (Elizabeth Spelke)

(last updated: Nov 2022)